West Cancer Center and Saint Francis Healthcare Announce Joint Relationship

New affiliation includes first-in-the-Mid-South cancer urgent care center



West Cancer Center and Research Institute and Saint Francis Healthcare today announced an agreement to advance and increase access to cancer care in the Mid-South. This collaboration is supported by multi-million dollar investments in cancer care at the Saint Francis Healthcare campuses. This will include a first-in-the-Mid-South cancer urgent care center at Saint Francis Hospital – Memphis, among other services. The cancer urgent care center will be open to all adult cancer patients for extended hours and includes a separate entrance to ensure that cancer patients receiving treatment, whose immune systems may be weak, are not exposed to the general emergency room.

In addition to the cancer urgent care center, this project will emphasize a clear pathway for patients to access a specialized, oncology-focused hospital-within-a-hospital, with dedicated oncology beds and an investment in the latest oncology technology and treatments, all staffed by professionals specifically trained in high-quality cancer care. “We are thrilled with our relationship with the legendary excellence that is West Cancer Center,” said Sally Deitch, Group CEO of Tenet Health’s Mid-South region, Saint Francis Healthcare Market CEO, and Saint Francis Hospital – Memphis CEO. “Because of this relationship, Saint Francis will become a place where cancer patients in our area find the best physicians, the best treatments — and the most hope for the future.”

Along with the unique cancer urgent care center, Saint Francis Healthcare has the largest, singularly located fleet of surgical robots in the Mid-South, which the highly trained surgeons of the West Cancer Center use to perform minimally invasive surgeries that can lead to shorter hospital stays and faster recoveries. “All great cancer centers have great hospital partners,” said Mitch Graves, CEO of West Cancer Clinic and Research Institute. “The oncologists and other healthcare professionals at West Cancer Center want patients in the Mid-South to have access to the best possible cancer care. This new relationship with Saint Francis, as well as the facilities we will build and staff together, is a way to ensure that goal.”

The West Cancer Center and Saint Francis Healthcare alliance also includes the future addition of a Margaret West Comprehensive Breast Center in Saint Francis Hospital – Memphis on Park Avenue, as well as the addition of West Cancer Center services at Saint Francis Hospital – Bartlett. “Our alliance with Saint Francis Healthcare and this expansion of West Cancer Center will ensure that our patients can have access to truly comprehensive care at a single place, something that is not currently offered locally,” said Sylvia Richey, MD, Chief Medical Officer of West Cancer Center.




West Cancer Center and Research Institute

West Cancer Center is an independent, comprehensive adult cancer center guided by physicians to provide the most outcome-driven, research focused oncology care to all patients, regardless of socioeconomic status. With over 40 years as leaders in oncology, 156+ specialists, 7 locations and 47,000 patient visits in 2020 – West is positioned as the first choice for cancer care in the Midsouth and a national model for comprehensive care.


Saint Francis Healthcare

Saint Francis Healthcare offers a wide array of medical services through Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett and Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis. Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett is a 196-bed full service hospital located at 2986 Kate Bond Rd in Bartlett. The hospital provides an extensive offering of medical services including a 24-hour emergency room, critical care, cardiac care, labor & delivery, neonatal intensive care, oncology, urology, physical therapy and a 16-bed Orthopedic/Spine Unit. To learn more about Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett, visit www.SaintFrancisBartlett.com. Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis is a 479-bed full service hospital located at 5959 Park Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee. Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis is noted for its many Centers of Excellence, including its Center for Surgical Weight Loss, Joint & Spine Center, Heart & Vascular Center, Chest Pain Emergency Center, and Surgical Services including its Center for Robotic Surgery, Diabetes Center, and Cancer Center. To learn more about Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis, visit www.SaintFrancisHosp.com.